from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The Rhus vernicifera, a tree about 25 or 30 feet high, indigenous in Japan.
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It is the gum of that tree commonly called the lacquer-tree, which when taken fresh and applied to the object it is intended to lacquer turns jet-black on exposure to the sun, drying with great hardness.
The lacquer-tree (_Rhus vernicifera_) grows mainly in the island of
The lacquer-tree -- the _Rhus vernix_ -- which is used in the well-known lacquer work, is a handsome tree.